February 2016

Special Report: Clean Fuels and the Environment

Build a solid GHG BACT cost-effectiveness calculation to avoid CCS costs

Determining which technology constitutes greenhouse gas (GHG) best available control technology (BACT) for a new or modified facility often hinges on the GHG BACT cost calculation.

Crum, R., AECOM

Determining which technology constitutes greenhouse gas (GHG) best available control technology (BACT) for a new or modified facility often hinges on the GHG BACT cost calculation. This calculation, when done properly, must be approached carefully. An improper calculation can result in increased permit challenges, lengthy permit delays and even the imposition of significantly more expensive control equipment. An iron-clad cost calculation is especially important in light of recent US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regulatory positions. In several recent regulatory actions, the EPA has begun using what it terms the “social cost of carbon” (SCC). The social cost of carbon is the projec

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